I agree completely with the need for variety in exercise. Personally, I've developed a lot of friends in (and loyalty toward) the zumba class/instructor I've been involved with since August. So, I felt a little guilty when I started to get bored and feel like skipping it. I had to tell myself that:
1) there are plenty of people that don't go to the class every session, and they don't feel guilty about it and 2) as long as I PARTICIPATE in fitness on a regular basis, it doesn't matter what I do or where.
Once I gave myself permission to try something new, I found a bellydancing class that I'm really excited about (and I'm still going to zumba on the weekends!).
I find when I hit a plateau, I try to change my calorie intake, (sometimes more) and I change my workout routine or add to it. This does usually make the numbers on the scale more downward. (I've lost 92 lbs. this way!) Also, when I get the feeling I don't want to exercise, that's when I force myself to because I know it always makes me feel better. I have bouts of mild depression and exercise is my medicine.
Great list here! The one I liked best was to choose alternatives when you have a craving. I think that's the key to eating healthfully. You HAVE to eat - it's just a matter of choosing better foods to eat.
This is a great article. I can identify with the goal setting part. Sometimes we set up unrealistic goals and when we can't reached them, we despair and then quit. Small goals are easier to reach and makes us feel good, so we can start another until we reach our ultimate goal.
VEGEMONSTER, I've heard similar, but I think the idea is that you're not supposed to stretch thoroughly before weight training and things like that. I've read that it IS a good idea to stretch your legs out before running and such. After all, the theory that stretching out cold muscles is bad for you doesn't really make sense. You would be stretching them out by exercising, too. ;o)
I've read many times that stretching BEFORE exercising (before our muscles are warmed up) is bad because you can hurt yourself by stretching cold muscles and it can also impede performance (which isn't the biggest concern for most of us... most of us aren't performance athletes).
This is a great article! I realize I should be eating smaller meals more often, I tend to eat smaller meals during the day(when my body needs the most calories), then I eat a large dinner. I will try to eat more snacks.
10/20/2009 3:23:39 PM
This a great article I have the tendency to over exercise. I am going to take it easy a bit. But , I will always do my cardiovascular exercise 20-30 minutes daily. I always been a fish eater, I will choose the right type to eat. I made frozen fruit smoothy with probiotic yogurt, skim milk, and flaxseeds. I am not a snack person. I will follow your advice and break my meals in mini meals to satisfied my hunger. Thank you much.
Great article. Goals must be achievable. I have found setting achievable goals and then setting new ones when I have achieved them has worked for me. I am now in the happy position of trying to maintain my present weight. My knees love me!
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